Posey’s walkoff single in 13th inning sends Giants to series victory over Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO–He won’t play in the All-Star Game because of an ailing right hip, but Buster Posey enjoyed his All-Star moment Wednesday.

In the bottom of the 13th inning, Posey reminded Giants fans why he’s so valuable as the catcher stepped up and drove a single off the right field wall to score Brandon Belt and send his club home as 5-4 winners.

Though Posey’s hip has prevented him from hitting for power this season, he still found enough strength to catch all 13 innings and deliver the game-winning hit 12 innings after the Giants scored their last run.

The Giants stepped in the gym to do a pull-up Wednesday, and after more than a week’s worth of trouble, they showcased one easy, impressive rep with a promising four-run first inning against the Cubs.

But when it came time to add on during the set, the Giants simply hung in the balance, slowly losing their grip on the bar.

Over the course of a nine-inning game, the forces of gravity and the Chicago Cubs pulled them back down to the ground. But Posey’s heroics and three scoreless innings of relief from Dereck Rodríguez helped the Giants climb back on and climb up when they needed it most.

Though the Giants flexed first, the Cubs were the steadier, more controlled force during the middle of the contest as they hammered out three home runs including a game-tying solo shot in the seventh from second baseman Javier Báez.

Báez’s blast ended a 19-game scoreless streak for Tony Watson, who had only allowed one earned run since facing Chicago at Wrigley Field in May.

After dropping 11 of their last 16 games against left-handed starters, Giants manager Bruce Bochy placed recently promoted infielder Chase d’Arnaud at the top of the team’s lineup Wednesday.

With Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery on the mound, d’Arnaud …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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